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Meet the Facilitators: Sam Balfus

Sam Balfus connects with children. Wonderfully. A calm and patient teacher who just so happens to be an awesome artist in 2D, 3D, and digital media, Sam has been involved in maker education since 2017. Sam brings enthusiasm to everything he does, lighting up a room and sharing the love. Next time you see him,...

Meet the Facilitators: Jenna Ervin

Miss Jenna (as she's known to her students) has coordinated and facilitated the Pali Design Lab since its opening in 2018. A talented camp leader, classroom educator, museum teacher, and maker, she previously worked at Kidspace Children's Museum and Yosemite National Park. Jenna is funny, kind to students and colleagues alike, and widely experienced in...

Meet the Facilitators: Jae Hinrichs

Jae Hinrichs has been facilitating open studios, workshops, and camps with reDiscover since 2015. They're a favorite among parents and tinkerers alike. Jae is an experienced STEAM educator who has worked with LA Makerspace and LA's Best, specializing in youth development. They create a welcoming presence for all newcomers, mixing a great personal style with...

Jay True

Director of Operations Jay True has been reDiscover Center's Director of Operations since 2021. With twenty years of administrative experience in various departments of UCLA, Jay brings a confident and skilled touch to reDiscover's systems and operations. Her expertise covers a wide spectrum of areas: program management, student services,  advising, finance and operations, and assessment...

Joyce Tam

Community Programs Manager Joyce Tam is a builder, educator, and kinesthetic learner. She teaches in reDiscover's school and camp programs. Currently, at the helm of staff development, programs, and camp prep, she has been with reDiscover since 2018. You will find her zipping around on her bike and weaving with rope. With a background in...

Hanabee Cartagena

Hanabee Cartagena is the Distance Learning Programs Manager. Hanabee started with reDiscover in 2018 as an Intern Facilitator, was hired as a member of the permanent staff in 2019, and has been the Distance Learning Programs Manager since 2022. A creative artist in mixed media, digital media, painting, and drawing, (and more than a few...

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Yeltsin Penado

Yeltsin Penado joined reDiscover Center as a Programs Manager in 2021. He works closely with Facilitators and interns through collaborative teaching and by creating curriculum and educational materials. Yeltsin is passionate about arts education with an emphasis on diversity and inclusive lesson structures. “My teaching superpower is being empathetic to a student's interests and imagination...

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